For Day 12 of their grand tour (April 18 day in OZ, April 17 night in US), William and Kate visited the Royal Easter Show—which is similar to a county or state fair in the US, as it showcased agricultural exhibits, livestock, and arts and crafts. Kate and Will were shown around different parts of the show, and met a ram, and watched some sheep shearing. Kate told a man with a photography display that her passion is photography and she likes painting and drawing as well, but she doesn’t get much time for them anymore. Kate has a ton of time on her hands, she could do those things if she wanted to; my guess is she gave it up when she got such harsh criticism for her Asia pictures–which is kind of sad, harsh criticism hurts no matter who you are. Kate also met a little girl who did not seem impressed with meeting her. Kate made a joke. This is news (how sad is it that I just wrote that?); Kate has never made a joke in public before, especially not at her husband’s expense. Kate made a joke about Will’s thinning hair. When they were shown a tuft of alpaca wool, Kate joked about Will using it as a wig. She said, “You need it more than me.” To which he laughed. That’s hilarious, and so true. And a nice little payback for the banana comment. It’s nice that he laughed at it, too.
The second stop for the day was at Bear Cottage Hospice—which is one of only two children’s hospices in Australia. There was limited media during their visit, which seems strange to me. This is the kind of thing they should be doing more of, and should get more media attention, not roaming around a fair or having fun on the beach. Anyway, they visited this hospice and met the children; one child in particular stood out to them—a nine month old baby who is dying from bacterial meningitis. William said, “I welled up and was really worried I would start crying. Once I started I wouldn’t have stopped, so it took a great effort to control myself. He’s a similar age to George—it was extremely moving.”
Kate gave her only speech of the tour at Bear Cottage (view transcript here). She mispronounced “palliative” again, twice. She said “pallative”. How is it that she can be patron of children’s palliative care and not know how to say palliative correctly? She wore her hair down, and it got in her face. When will she learn to put her hair back when she’s giving a speech? The constant head bobbing was really distracting. I think this speech might be slightly better than the last one—how could it be worse—but she’s really not improving that much. I am having a hard time finding a full video of the speech, I found one from SkyNews but they won’t let me embed it, but other than that I can’t find a full video. Maybe that’s why they didn’t want a ton of media at the hospice event, because they didn’t want a ton of videos of her less-than-stellar speech-giving skills floating around.
[This video has a partial of her speech starting at 0:45]
Kate and Will then went to Manly Beach where they spent 40 minutes meeting young lifeguards and starting swimming races; and getting another gift for George—a surfboard this time. Prime Minister Tony Abbott joined them. Neither of the Cambs changed out of their dress shoes (more on that below).
Sometime during the day, they mentioned George again. This time saying that he’s messy and drools everywhere. Again, he’s a baby, what do you expect? Kate also mentioned how they wish they could have brought him, but he was sleeping. How many times have they said that this trip? Three according to the Mirror. The Mirror kind of called her out on it (but only slightly), because they were never going to bring George to the events she said this line at, so it’s not like he didn’t go simply because he was sleeping, he didn’t go because he wasn’t scheduled to. Like I said before, she really needs a new talking point.
Kate wore an Australian designer, on only the second day of their Australian leg! It took Kate a week to wear a New Zealand designer, and that barely counted as the NZ designer’s company is based in London. Kate wore a white broderie anglaise day dress by Zimmermann. She wore her hair down, and accessorized with an LK Bennett clutch she’s carried before, and Stuart Weitzman camel-colored strappy wedges she’s worn before. Wedges of Doom Part II? Kate wore her Annoushka pearl drop earrings she’s worn so much on this tour, and her Cartier watch that seems glued to her wrist.
Not going to lie, I kind of love this dress. It’s perfect for an Easter Show/fair situation. It kind of reminds me of the Alexander McQueen skirt and shirt she wore in SE Asia. I really liked that outfit (apart from her heels); so yeah, I like this dress. One of the top dresses for me so far. I wish her hair had been pulled back, though, so I could see the top of the dress—and so it wouldn’t get in the way of her speech. She was doing so well with pulling her hair back, but since she got to OZ she’s not done that. I hate the shoes. You know what shoe would have been great with this dress if she wanted a nude shoe, the shoes she wore changing planes in OZ before the start of the tour, those shoes would have been great. Also, the shoes Kate wore are 5” high, with a 1” platform, and she didn’t even bother to take them off when she went romping on the beach. She even ran in them, on the sand, at one point. Who does that? Rebecca Deacon values accessibility and comfort over vanity and took her shoes off to walk on the sand. Smart lady. Seriously, who wears heels in the sand?